arrested in Iran
Hambastegi Website, Sep. 11 – A Christian news agency said
the State Security Forces attacked the annual conference of Evangelists
in Karaj and arrested at least 80 of Iran’s church leaders.
The news agency said 10 priests are in detention and the rest were
freed. The families of the 10 priests have no information about
pressure on Iranian women
Reuters, Sep. 3, Tehran - About 500 hardline vigilantes have taken
to the streets of Tehran, demanding authorities crack down on women
who wear colourful headscarves and figure-hugging coats which they
denounce as "prostitution".
Tehran's hardline authorities have announced a clampdown on women
who do not dress suitably modestly but the crowd, mainly composed
of long-shirted black-bearded men, called on the police and new
conservative parliamentarians to do more.
Iran moves to
roll back rights of women
The New York Times, Sep. 19, Tehran - After the legislative session
began in June, the 290-member Parliament, including all 12 of the
women, abruptly rejected proposals to expand the inheritance right
of Iranian women and to adopt the United Nations convention that
bans discrimination against women. They also backed away from previous
efforts to make "gender equality" a goal of the country's
next four-year development plan.
Instead, the new Parliament has called for placing more restrictions
on women's attire and on their social freedoms.
Aftab-e Yazd daily, Sep. 2 – A 16-year-old (boy) named Abdolreza
hanged himself with a rope and died.
among Iranian youth
Hambastegi website, Sep. 4 - Iran's state-run media reported on
the suicide of three youths between ages of 18 and 25, in the cities
of Tehran, Khorramshahr and Galekesh.
An 18-year old girl named Ommol-Banin G. committed suicide by throwing
herself in front of a truck in Ghalikesh's Minoudasht town. Witnesses
stood 30 meters from her and tried to prevent the suicide but the
young girl threw herself under the truck.
Also in Tehran, a 22-year old student jumped off the balcony of
an apartment in Saadat Abad and died.
In Khorramshahr, a 25-year old hanged himself from a bridge and
died. A few days before, another young man by the name of Arash
attempted to commit suicide as well.
Aftab daily, Sep. 7 – Hamed M., 22, resident of Kashan, died
in Tehran's Loqman hospital after he took poison for failing in
the university entrance exam.
Boy, 17, attempts
Hamvatan Salam daily, Sep. 11 – A 17-year-old boy by the
name of Ghanbar from Varamin, doused himself with gasoline and set
fire to himself in front of his mother. He is now hospitalized in
Tehran with 57 percent burns. The reason for such act was said to
be extreme poverty.
63 suicides in
one week in Tehran
Aftab daily, Sep. 18 – During one week, 63 cases of suicide
were registered in Tehran’s emergency unit. The information
indicated that 32 cases were men and 20 were women.
29 year old sets
self on fire
News Network TV, Sep. 19 – A 29-year-old man set himself
ablaze in Tehran’s Vali Asr Square in front of onlookers.
The man showed up in Vali Asr Square with a bucket of fuel and set
himself on fire.
19, commits suicide
Jomhouri Islami daily, Sep. 23 – A conscript soldier committed
suicide Tuesday night in Rastab village near Farsan. The 19 year
old, named Iman Omidi, hanged himself from the ceiling and died
before police arrived.
jumps off high building, dies
Aftab daily, Sep. 22 – A middle-aged employee of the Army
committed suicide by jumping from a height.
hunger strike in Evin, Rajaii Shahr prisons
Peik Net website, Sep. 9 – Political prisoners in Rajaii
Shahr and Evin prisons once again went on hunger strikes. Some of
the prisoners are families of political prisoners who were detained
on charges of gathering outside the United Nations office in Tehran
on August 17.
ICFTU says Tehran breaches obligation under ILO by trying
ICFTU Press Release, Sep. 23, Brussels - The International Confederation
of Free Trade Unions today expressed its deep regret and concern
over the failure of the Iranian authorities to allow international
observers to attend the trial of seven labour activists, which starts
on 23 September. Defence lawyers for the accused have also expressed
their preoccupation over the fact that the trial will take place
in the absence of the observers.
International Moral Court censures rights situation in
PR Newswire, Sep. 25, Paris - The International Moral Court on
Iran concluded its initial three-day session in Paris today and
issued its decision in relation to gross and systematic violations
of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
[The following resolution was adopted unanimously
by the Court:]
The International Moral Court …
Concludes, prima facie, that there is sufficient material evidence
to determine that gross and systematic violations of international
human rights standards have taken place, and are still being perpetrated
in the Islamic Republic of Iran. These violations concern, in particular,
the civil and political rights, minority rights, torture and other
inhumane treatments such as stoning, amputations, and rape. It will
be for a court of law to determine if these findings constitute
a crime against humanity…